We Are The Champions: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Tops Box Office

Live Aid re-creation expected to be released as standalone feature

November 5, 2018
Actor Allen Leech, musician Brian may, actor Rami Malek, musican Roger Taylor and actors Joe Mazzello and Gwilym Lee attend the NY special screening of Bohemian Rhapsody

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Despite some lukewarm reviews, Bohemian Rhapsody rocked the box office with $50 million in weekend ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada. The Freddie Mercury biopic starring Rami Malek beat expectations and a Disney movie to take the top spot in theaters.

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Bohemian Rhapsody made another $72.5 million internationally. The movie includes a lengthy re-creation of Queen’s 1985 Live Aid performance. The cast recently revealed that it filmed a full run-through of the set, and it's expected to be released soon as a standalone feature.

“It really is a celebration of Queen and their music, and I think we did a really good job of letting people know that that’s what this is,” said Chris Aronson, distribution chief for Fox.

Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms opened with just $20 million in ticket sales despite a budget of $125 million. Rounding out the top three at the weekend box office was Nobody’s Fool with $14 million.